Support worker hires look to improve school attendance in N.S.

The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions has announced $1.9 million over the next two years aimed at improving attendance in schools across Nova Scotia through fourteen pilot projects.

In a news release through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), the group says the funding will be used to hire fourteen attendance support workers.

They'll be assigned to families of schools, feeder schools, or individual schools within each school board, and each pilot project will be supported by a fund for attendance programming and supports.

School boards nominate the schools to take part, which will be reviewed by the DEECD and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.

The pilot projects are set to begin as soon as staff are hired, running until June 2019, and will be used to evaluate plans to expand attendance support workers to more schools.

The announcement builds on the Student Attendance and Engagement Policy on October 1st.